MURRAY, Ky. — The Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts at Murray State University will be hosting ninja Tomonosuke in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m.

Tomonosuke has been trained in ninjutsu, the art of the ninja, by his father, a ninja master, since age 5. He specializes in Japanese swords, shuriken (ninja throwing stars), the art of grappling hooks and rope, the art of chains and sickles and the art of disguise.

Attendees will not only learn sword and shuriken techniques, but they will also have the opportunity to put their skills to the test in this interactive demonstration. The event is free, open to the public and suitable for all ages.

Yoko Hatakeyama, senior instructor of Japanese at Murray State, is excited for her students attending the ninja presentation to observe the spiritual aspect of Japanese culture, something that is difficult to experience in a lecture setting.

“Ninja skills have been preserved and transmitted through Japan’s cultural heritage for more than 1,000 years,” Hatakeyama said. “I hope the ninja performance will motivate our Japanese and theatre students to study their areas further and continue the preservation of Japan’s culture.”

Tomonosuke is part of the elite Ashura Ninja Group that hosts events around the world. In addition to Murray State, Tomonosuke will be visiting Louisville, Frankfort and Berea as well as Nashville, Tennessee, during his mid-south tour.

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